Everything you do to open up the conversation about mental health has value. However, to maximise impact it is important that you are supported by your senior managers. This is why it is important that your employer has signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge first. If they haven’t yet signed to join our campaign then you can encourage them do so. We have put together some guidance for you.
Find out who led the signing of the Pledge; it may be someone in your HR department or Occupational Health. If you are unsure you can always email us and we can help you.
1) If your organisation has signed the pledge ask your HR team if they will signpost you to the right person – most likely to be the Pledge lead. A Pledge lead is the person in charge of committing to the Employer Pledge. Ask them if you can see a copy of the organisation’s Time to Change approved action plan. Think about what activities you would like to do that compliments and supports this action plan.
2) Find out if there are other Champions within your organisation and talk to them about their experiences.
3) Discuss the role and commitment with your line manager. The role of Champion is a voluntary one so it will be in addition to your main role. However, you can choose to do as much or as little as you can. The most important thing is to pick activities that you are comfortable doing and that will help break that stigma by getting people to talk more openly about mental health. Read more about the role.
4) Register your interest to Champion the movement by registering via this link https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-change-champions/register-champion.
Any personal information you share with us will be used solely by Time to Change and our evaluation partners. All registration forms will be held securely by Time to Change.
As Time to Change is your movement to change how we all think and act about mental health, we encourage you to bring a diverse range of plans and ideas to the table in how we bring about this most important social change.